Elevator Suspect's Face Horribly Burned

Jerome Isaac jailed without bail yesterday

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 20, 2011 9:09 AM CST

(Newser) – Should Jerome Isaac want to plead not guilty in the murder of Delores Gillespie, who was burned alive in the elevator of her Brooklyn apartment building on Saturday, a wrench: On top of the fact that the crime was caught on video, his face is also horribly burned. The New York Post reports on Isaac's appearance in court yesterday, in which prosecutor Kenneth Taub noted that, "The evidence of this particularly heinous and brutal murder is beyond question. When he was arrested, he was reeking of accelerant ... The burns on his body are consistent with the images."

The 47-year-old was held without bail, on charges of murder and arson. Isaac reportedly stole Gillespie's DVD player and pots and pans while working as her handyman, the Post notes, then became enraged when she consequently refused to pay him. After he allegedly set her on fire, police say he fled to another building where he previously lived with his brother, who had thrown him out. He apparently set fire to the door of that apartment.

Jerome Isaac, 47, left, appears at his arraignment in the Brooklyn borough of New York Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, where he was charged with murder and arson in the death of Delores Gillespie.   (AP Photo/Jesse Ward, pool)
This undated photo provided by her family shows Deloris Gillespie, 73, who was burned to death when a man sprayed gasoline on her Saturday.   (AP Photo/family photo via Office of Council Member Letitia James)
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